The European Footwear Industry

A handicrafted and yet a contemporary industry...

...full of creativity and design...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...constantly adapting to new trends and demographics through advanced techonologies...

...concerned about safety...

...durability and high standards...

...ensuring consumer’s health and comfort...

...respecting the environment...

...delighting consumers with innovative business approaches...

...and always looking ahead and towards differentiation.


Education Policy


Sector Skills Council Textile, Clothing, Leather & Footwear (TCLF)

The Sector Skills Council is a platform for the exchange of best practices and the fostering of alliances within the TCLF sector.

Objective: to improve the level of education, skills and employment in the Textile, Clothing Leather and Footwear industries through an effective networking of the Industry Skills Partnerships (i.e. national observatories) and of the EU Social partners of the TCLF sector, as well as through facilitating decision-making on education and training issues in the sector at European, national, regional and company levels.

The networking will enable better coordination at European level, exchange of best practices and the fostering of alliances within the TCLF sector and with strategic partners outside the industries. Moreover decision-making will be facilitated by thorough monitoring of labour market developments and training needs, the production of surveys, reports and analysis on education- and training-related themes, and the development and promotion of an effective innovation policy including technical research, technology transfers and vocational training to support the sustainability and flexibility of the industry.

Composition of the Council

The Council is composed of the EU Social Partners in the TCLF sector, representing the industry and workers’ organisations, as well as the Industrial Skills Partnerships, i.e. the national Observatories involved in education, training and employment in the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear industries.


The Board is composed by the representatives of the Social Partners - Euratex, industriAll, Cotance and CEC - and it is in charge of the executive decisions and the management of the Council's activities.

For more information consult the Sector Skills Council TCLF website.


Eramus for Young Entrepreneurs initiative


Objective: To provide new entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe and experienced entrepreneurship with the collaboration of a motivated new entrepreneur. Aspiring European entrepreneurs will stay and collaborate with an experienced entrepreneur for a period of 1 to 6 months, in order to gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas.

Experienced entrepreneurs willing to host an aspiring/new entrepreneur can apply, but they must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

I. To be a permanent resident in one of the European Union countries;

II. To be the owner-manager of an SME or a person directly involved in the entrepreneurship at SME board level;

III. To have been running a company for several years;

IV. To be willing to share the knowledge and experience with a new entrepreneur and to act as a mentor.

Benefits for host entrepreneurs:

  • To have the opportunity to work with an energetic and motivated new entrepreneur who can contribute to the business with innovative views, new skills and knowledge;
  • To learn about foreign markets, expand business opportunities and engage in cross-border activities;
  • To interact with entrepreneurs from other EU countries and get opportunities to collaborate with them.

Duration: up to 6 months

Financial support for new entrepreneurs:

  • The programme contributes with a flat rate covering travel and subsistence costs during the period of stay. The grant is paid by the local contact point chosen by the new entrepreneur. The new entrepreneur and his/her local contact point sign an agreement which determines the funding granted during his/her stay, and how it will be paid in practice (e.g. partial payment at the beginning of the stay, monthly payment, etc);
  • The financial support is calculated monthly and reflects the overall living costs of the country of stay.

For more information consult the Erasmus for Young Entreprenurs webpage